Pakistani Nationls Arrested For Human Trafficking

A human trafficking ring set up by Pakistani nationals was busted in Nea Kios, Argolida prefecture in southern Greece, police officials said. Acting on a tip-off, Argos Police raided the suspects’ house and found a 17-year-old Romanian girl locked in a room against her will.

According to dispatch from the state news agency two of the suspects, aged 28 and 29, drove the girl to their house in Nea Kios where they sexually abused her and forced her into prostitution.

Five Pakistanis, aged between 21 and 29, were arrested in relation to the case and charged with abduction and trafficking in humans while two of them are accused of forming a criminal organization.

Wikipedia says that Greece is a transit and destination country for women and children who are subjected to human trafficking, specifically forced prostitution and for children, men, and women who are in conditions of forced labor. The government NGOs report that female sex trafficking victims originate primarily in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Nigeria. One NGO reported that teenage males, typically unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa, are forced into prostitution

in Greece. Greek Police reported the trend of traffickers increasingly using emotional abuse and financial harm as tools of coercion, instead of physical force, in attempts to evade law enforcement prosecution. Forced labor victims found in Greece originated primarily in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, Moldova, Pakistan, and Romania.

Many were forced to work in the agriculture or construction sectors in debt bondage. Greek Police estimated that there are likely hundreds of forced labor victims in Greece. NGOs reported that children, mainly Roma from Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania, were forced to sell small items, beg, or steal. The approximately 1,000 unaccompanied foreign minors who enter Greece yearly are highly vulnerable to human trafficking.


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